Can behavioural factors produce a sustained elevation of blood pressure? Some observations and a hypothesis.


A major problem confronting behavioural theories of hypertension, such as the reactivity hypothesis, is that stress is likely to be intermittent, whereas the early stages of hypertension appear to be characterized by an increase in the tonic level of blood pressure and sympathetic activity. Furthermore, intermittent sympathetic arousal (e.g. exercise, thigh… (More)


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